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how does alcohol affect the periodontium?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO answered
36 years experience Psychiatry
Alcohol dental healt: Alcohol impairs white blood cells from protecting the gums and causes 50% more rate of periodontal infections, compared to non drinkers. Also, heavy drinkers do not have healthy diet, neither a healthy life style, all come into play, causing much more general health hazards than just dental problems. But dental problems in turn trigger more risk of heart attacks and shortenned life. Vicious cycle.
Answered on Mar 31, 2016
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Dry mucosa, acid: Alcohol will dry the oral mucosa, causing gum inflammation. More importantly, acid reflux after high alcoholic consumption leads to demineralization of tooth structure and carries on the root surface. Localized gum tissue recession may occur.
Answered on Aug 27, 2013

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